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Centre demolition will let down village; MAILBAG.

THE decision to knock down the Walker Welfare Centre in Thornhill appears to be short-sighted and ill-conceived.

Whilst it is understood that Kirklees Council needs to save money after central government cuts, this decision could instead prove to be not only destructive of some of the only heritage remaining, but also more costly for the council in the long run.

There is an opportunity here for forward thinking council executives to use the renovation of the Walker Welfare building to establish growth in the community, generate work, jobs, and also allow the building to provide both social and revenue generating facilities going forward.

It would appear that Kirklees has a habit of taking the easy option when it comes to decisions like this.

Council taxpayers deserve value but where is the value in destroying a building that people want to use, want to pay to use and take a pride in? There are grants and schemes available not only for building restoration but also for employing the workforce to undertake the work, for injecting into local businesses who could oversee the work, and for the plethora of groups and organisations who want to use the building.

This decision to demolish is short-sighted, ill-conceived and demonstrates a fundamental lack of local understanding.

Can the council afford to turn its back on the people of Thornhill? JOHN DUNNING Former Thornhill resident
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2013
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